Institute holds training on skills development


Good work ethics, positive attitude, communication skills, team building and creative thinking are some of the skills participants will gain at the 22nd Annual Trainers Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD)which holds from August 22 to 26 at the Rock View Hotel, Wuse, in Abuja.

Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee, Mr Laolu Oguntuyi said at a briefing in Lagos that these skills are not taught in schools though employers price them high.

He said participants will learn about these skills and more at the conference which has as theme: Learning and Development: Pre-Requisite to Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Growth.

In choosing the theme, Oguntuyi added that as an institute focused on life-long learning, NITAD has chosen to address a critical need in the Nigerian economy.

“Employers nowadays look at soft skills and down play technical skills. That is why the conference is looking at both soft and hard skills. We should embrace entrepreneurship. If we do, we cannot complain of poverty and most of our problems would be solved,” he said while responding to questions by journalists.

He added: “There is no issue that should be addressed as a matter of urgent national importance than that of skills acquisition. The importance of skill acquisition cannot be over-emphasised because its role in national development is multi-dimensional.”

Also speaking, NITAD Registrar, Ms Mofe Akinbanji, said rather than wait for the government to drive skills acquisition and entrepreneurship Nigerians have to provide a platform for youths to learn to gain skills for self reliance.

She said: “When you talk about skills acquisition and entrepreneurship, it is not about what government will do. Government has been doing its part – providing money for young people with ideas. But skills acquisition is about youths getting skills. There are millions of young graduates who spend years without jobs yet do not have skills. Going to school and having a degree is not enough. After that what next?”

After the conference, NITAD’s first vice president, Rev. Tunde Salawu, said the communiqué would be sent to the Federal Government and heads of the various tertiary institutions.

Managing directors, vice chancellors, deans, permanent secretaries, principals, teachers, lecturers, students, and others are expected to attend the training.

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